Child Protection Policy

Southend Manor Youth Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all its members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document. The key principles of the FA child protection policy are that:
The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientationAll suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.



We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Southend Manor Youth Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club. Southend Manor Youth Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s child protection regulation (see F A handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff. We endorse and adopt The FA’s child protection and best practice guidelines for recruiting volunteers and will:

All current Southend Manor Youth Football Club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Southend Manor Youth Football Club guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that the FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The FA CRB Unit Enhanced CRB Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people. It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of “grooming” within football. Southend Manor Youth Football Club supports The FA’s whistle blowing policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contactingThe FA Child Protection Manager on 0207 745 4771, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police, social services or the NSPCC. Southend Manor Youth Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary. Southend Manor Youth Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with the FA’s role profile and required completion of the child protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by the FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members. We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA CPO. Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officals and coaches have been implemented by Southend Manor Youth Football Club.

In order to validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledge the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes. Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
The County Football Association’s Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook
The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection
24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
The FA child protection team 0207 745 4649

Codes Of Conduct

Players Code Of Conduct

  1. Play because you enjoy it, not just to please your parents or coach.
    • Play by the laws of the game.
      • Never argue with the referee or linesman decisions.
        • Control your temper and use your energies to play better football.
          • Play well for yourself and your team. Your team's performance will benefit and so will your own.
            • Be a good sport. Recognize all good play, whether by your team or your opponents team.
              • Be committed but play fair.
                • Treat all players, as you would like to be treated yourself. DO NOT interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
                  • Remember the aims of the game are have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
                    • Attend training sessions regularly, and if you cannot advise your coach in advance.
                      • Co-operate with your coaches/managers. Remember without them you would not have a game.
                        • Set A POSITIVE example to others. DO NOT use inappropriate language at any body involved with your football.
                          • Learn the laws of the game and you will be a much better player.
                            • Promote the codes of conduct amongst your team-mates.

Coaches/Managers Code Of Conduct

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of each person and treat equally within the context of the sport.
    • You set the example for all those involved with your team. Think about your actions.
      • Always promote the positive aspects of the game.
        • Never condone bad behaviour by ignoring it.
          • Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations including the outcome of the game.
            • NEVER physically or mentally abuse children beyond their ability.
              • NEVER physically, mentally or verbally abuse any child.
                • Never be left alone with a child that is not your own. This is as much for your benefit as it is for theirs.
                  • Do not use bad language or demoralize the children. This will not improve their football.
                    • Always ensure the children are wearing the appropriate clothing and safety equipment.
                      • Get treatment for an injured player immediately. Never insist an injured player keeps on playing.
                        • Always be prompt, courteous and correct when dealing with League officials, opposition managers and Referees. Confirm dates and venues as early as possible and at reasonable times.
                          • Always inform players and parents of details regarding the game as early as possible.
                            • Read, understand and are aware of your responsibilities as laid down in your League Handbook.
                              • Read the laws of the game and promote them.
                                • Agree to take part in courses, background searches and security checks as required by the FA.

Parents and Spectators Codes of Conduct

  1. DO NOT force an unwilling child to play football.
    • Remember children are involved in football for their enjoyment, not yours.
      • Encourage your child to play by the laws of the game and not to argue with decisions made by the referees and other officials.
        • Teach your child that honest effort is more important than victory so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.
          • Turn losing into winning by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
            • NEVER ridicule a child or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
              • DO NOT shout instructions to the child as it only confuses the child as specific instructions would have already been given to them by the coach.
                • DO NOT verbally or physically abuse other parents or spectators. Children can hear and see what is going on around them. Set a good example.
                  • Do not discuss coaches/referees or other players negatively around your child. They may take these comments with them to training sessions and games.
                    • Always ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing and safety equipment with them to make games and training comfortable and safe. ( Think about the weather )
                      • Always ensure your child has plenty to drink with them.
                        • Respect the referee's decisions. Remember they are only human and sometimes can make an honest error.
                          • Recognize the value and importance of managers and coaches who are all volunteers. They give children their time and resources to provide football for your child.
                            • Read the laws of the game so you have a better understanding of what you are watching.
                              • Make a complaint through the proper channels NOT by verbally abusing the person concerned.
                                • Promote the code of conduct amongst other Parents or Guardians.

Southend Manor Youth FC will not tolerate abusive behaviour of any kind on or off the football pitch. you will be asked to leave if the codes of conduct are not followed. PLEASE RESPECT THEM.

Southend Manor Youth FC offers an Equal Opportunities Policy.


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